The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry into How We Know What We Know Paperback – Oct 12 1987
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From Library Journal
In this booka companion to the six-part PBS seriesMIT physics professor Morrison and his wife, a teacher and science writer, embark on a historical adventure through the discoveries of the physical sciences: the puzzles of perception, Galileo and the telescope, early map making and navigation, modern geological exploration, and astrophysics and quantum mechanics. Each chapter seeks to answer the question: How has science enabled us to know about the world? This book will be of interest to science-minded readers of all ages. Highly recommended. (Natural Science Book Club selection and BOMC alternate.) Raymond Frey, Bergen Community Coll., Paramus, N.J.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Have ever wondered how we figured out the earth was round and went around the sun before we could fly? Have you pondered how we went so quickly from earth, air, fire and water to thinking about the world in terms of atoms? This is just a taste of what you will find.
These questions and much more are handled in a sensitive, easy to read manner in a book which is part science text, part history lesson and part tall-tale. Expect details on the lives of some of the most famous scientists in history, fascinating information on how they designed and implemented their famous experiments, and remarkable discussion on the implications of that work.
Although the book is a bit dated, the histories described haven't changed. The illustrations are quite useful, if again, a bit old.
He helped me see the mathematics in the natural world around me.
Book came on time and was/is in exemplary condition.